Apr-21-2017


Mercedes-Benz adds both Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity

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Mercedes-Benz is giving drivers an even smarter luxury experience and adding some AI assistant power to its newest vehicles. All Mercedes-Benz models from 2016 and 2017 are now compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, taking the smart home experience out on the road. Then, you'll need to link the Alexa or Google Home app with your phone's Mercedes me app, through which you'll be able to use the voice control features. Mercedes-Benz isn't the only automaker adding AI assistant connectivity -- Nissan and Volvo have Microsoft's Cortana for their smart systems, Hyundai has Google Assistant, and Ford partnered with Amazon to bring Alexa to its cars.


The Alphabet of Data Science

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Major 6 steps involved are business understanding, data understanding, data preparation, modeling, evaluation and deployment. Feature selection: Simply put this means selecting only those feature or variables from the data which really makes sense and remove non relevant variables. Major 6 steps involved are business understanding, data understanding, data preparation, modeling, evaluation and deployment. Feature selection: Simply put this means selecting only those feature or variables from the data which really makes sense and remove non relevant variables.


Australia's shark-detecting drones to protect swimmers

Daily Mail

The battery powered, unmanned drone uses an artificial intelligence technology to identify sharks and send out a safety warning through a megaphone. The battery powered, unmanned drones uses an artificial intelligence technology to identify sharks and send out a safety warning through a megaphone. The drone works via real time analysis of overhead footage, and information can be relayed immediately to emergency services, beach lifeguards and beach users to help make safe decisions about getting into the water. The drone works via real time analysis of overhead footage, and information can be relayed immediately to emergency services, beach lifeguards and beach users to help make safe decisions about getting into the water.


Planet enlists machine learning experts to parse a treasure trove of Amazon basin data

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Planet, the satellite imaging company that operate the largest commercial Earth imaging constellation in existence, is hosting a new data science competition on the Kaggle platform, with the specific aim of developing machine learning techniques around forestry research. The hope is that by releasing this data and hosting this competition, Planet can encourage academics and researchers worldwide to apply advances in machine learning that have been put to great use in efforts like facial recognition and detect, to this pressing ecological problem. "We're putting together this competition as a way to get people excited about the kinds of data that Planet provides," explained Planet machine learning engineer Kat Scott in an interview. "These mining areas might only be a couple of kilometers across, but we're providing you with 37 million acres of imagery, so how do you sort that really quickly, and find those changes that occur over time," Scott explained.


Taking voice interaction to the next level - Information Age

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Google's answer to the Amazon Echo, Google Home, is set to launch in the UK this summer. Online banking has also been an early adopter, in the UK Barclays, HSBC and FirstDirect have already deployed voice recognition interfaces as a security measure; modelling a customer's voice to use as a digital ID, obviating the need for lengthy security question processes every time you call your telephone banking service. An obvious further application is to perform basic customer services. Why spend endless minutes on a call queue, listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons and waiting for a person to help you change a direct debit, when you can converse with a bot using voice recognition interfaces and AI to perform that task?


Amazon's Alexa Could Soon Be In Every Marketing Meeting You Have

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Thanks to this tech confluence, today's voice systems can understand the context of an entire conversation, even the personality of whom they are conversing with. This is cumbersome and complicated, even with a modern smartphone graphical user interface. Much of what we use a graphical user interface in a business context is about to give way to instant voice interaction. As the CEO of a marketing technology company, we see technology like Amazon's Alexa in every marketing meeting, playing the role of a real-time operations resource.


Amazon Offers AI Technology Powering Alexa to AWS Users

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Amazon.com, Inc. 's AMZN Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made Amazon Lex, the machine learning technology behind Alexa, available to all customers. Moreover, the integration of Amazon Lex with AWS Lambda (Amazon's event-driven, serverless computing platform) will enable developers to run serverless codes, apply business logic and fetch data from enterprise applications and AWS services like Amazon DynamoDB. Amazon Alexa is powered by Amazon Lex's sophisticated deep learning algorithms. AWS has already taken a lead over rival services, such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and International Business Machines' IBM IBM Cloud.


Half of hospitals to adopt artificial intelligence within 5 years

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That's according to the Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Analytics HIT Market Indicator: Artificial Intelligence. Participants ranked population health, clinical decision support, patient diagnosis and precision medicine, respectively, as the top places AI will have the most substantial initial impact. Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Analytics are collaborating on HIT Market Indicator studies to highlight hot button issues across the healthcare IT landscape. Previous studies include: More than half of hospitals hit with ransomware in last 12 months and Hospitals rank population health, value-based care, patient experience as top strategic drivers of precision medicine.


How Mathematicians in Chicago Are Stopping Water Leaks in Syracuse

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To get to the bottom of the problem of catastrophic water main breaks, Syracuse first had to understand what was happening underground and where. With a predictive system that can point to the hotspots along its 550 miles of pipes, the city hopes to save millions of dollars a year by fixing mains before they break. Syracuse sent its innovation team to Flint, where they looked at the city's mapping system and records of water main breaks and realized that the Syracuse formula could be useful there, too. That information was added to a geographic information system mapping city streets, property tax reports and records of past breaks--all of it then funneled through an algorithm that made predictions about the next break.


Elon Musk's new plan to save humanity from AI

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Elon Musk has a new plan to protect humanity from artificial intelligence -- if you can't beat'em, join'em. In October 2014, Musk ignited a global discussion on the perils of artificial intelligence. He called artificial intelligence our greatest existential threat. The San Francisco outfit is building devices to connect the human brain with computers.